Apple working on second-gen Apple Vision Pro and all-new cheaper version, says Gurman
Apple has already started development of its second-generation Apple Vision Pro mixed-reality headset, with the iPhone maker simultaneously working on an all-new “low-end” cheaper model, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
In his weekly Power On newsletter on Sunday, Gurman says “Apple is already looking ahead to the next headset models. It has shifted some employees working on the original Vision Pro to new versions: a second-generation high-end model and a lower-end headset.”
Last week, Gurman claimed the new, more affordable Apple Vision headset is rumored to launch no sooner than the end of 2025, with Gurman reporting that to achieve the lower price point, the new device would likely use lower quality screens, either an iPhone-grade chip or an older Mac chip and fewer cameras for lesser performance.
Apple unveiled Apple Vision Pro at WWDC23, the iPhone maker’s first-ever AR/VR device that blends digital content with the physical world through a fully three-dimensional user interface controlled by a user’s eyes, hands, and voice.
The new mixed-reality headset, which will be available only in the US at launch, will be released in 2024, with Apple stating that the device will be coming to more countries and regions later next year.
The device is made from a singular piece of three-dimensionally formed laminated glass with an aluminum alloy frame that curves to wrap a user’s face. The device features an array of advanced cameras and sensors that work together to enable the mixed-reality experience, and speakers are positioned close to a users ears to deliver Spatial Audio to create life-like three-dimensional environments.